Mohit Takalkar was recently awarded the Grand jury award and Best Director Award for his first feature film, The Bright Day. The film is bilingual, with both Hindi and English and it premiered at several film festivals at Toronto, Mumbai and others. The film is about a young boy, Shiv, who lives a normal life with a supportive family and a close group of friends. Shiv leaves the security of everything he knows and ventures into the unknown, determined to complete his quest for an unnamed goal.
Renowned singer and music composer Shankar Mahadevan and veteran Mandolin player U Shrinivas were in the city to perform in the 10th edition of Chintamani Jayanti Samaroh on Wednesday. The musical programme was organised as a tribute to Padmabhushan late Pandit Chintamani Raghunath Vyas. Comparing the Pune music scene with that in the South, Mahadevan said that even as the city grows and explores modern culture, traditional music is still valued and respected. "When the audience is engrossed in enjoying music, it charges the artist to perform better with added confidence. The Pune audience always gives us that chance," said Mahadevan. When asked about Electric Mandolin and its popularity in the country, Shrinivas said that since Mandolin is not very known in India, it took him years to establish. "Nonetheless, today, I feel happy to see that people who wish to learn Mandolin won't have to struggle finding a teacher for it," he adds.
The film tells a poignant tale of Parsi customs and the emotions that are wrought along with them. And it is this very depiction, of the diploma film Afterglow, made by Kaushal Oza,which has won the Patton Award for Best Indian Film. The award was given at the10th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, Kolkata. Oza who had made the film during his course at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) says that the film deals with the customs and tradition followed after the death of Minocher Mirza. “It opens on the tenth day after his death and the pain that his wife Meher is going through. All this while she has to put up with the mock sympathy of the relatives who keep pouring in. More than anything else it’s about exploring these hollow emotions of people and society in general,” he says. Afterglow has also been selected for the non-feature film Section in Indian